LB/DE Raymond Cutts of Orlando was offered by Clemson in February and immediately put the Tigers in his top four. They remain there, thanks to the efforts of defensive line coach Todd Bates, who Cutts said is working hard to make him a Tiger.
“I hear from Clemson every day, every day non-stop, every day,” Cutts said. “Todd (Bates) is telling me I can come in and be a factor. He’s basically saying that if I come in and work hard and do what I got to do every day and grind, I can come in an play off that. They like the type of player I am, how versatile I am at both linebacker and D-end.”
Cutts said Bates wanted him in camp last month but he wasn’t doing any school camps. His first visit to Clemson will come when he takes his official visit this fall. He’s anxious to see the place up close.
“I love Clemson, you know,” Cutts said. “The relationship with Coach Todd Bates, that was what really made me start loving the program a lot. I plan on taking a visit there once I get done with my online classes. I’m going to have them in the picture when it’s time (to commit).”
Cutts said Louisville, Tennessee and UCF round out his top four, but more schools are coming on to him. He said Auburn recently offered him as an H-Back, and he said the idea of playing that unique position interests him. He also has offers from Virginia Tech, Baylor, South Florida, Maryland, Minnesota and NC State.
He said Louisville and Tennessee also will get officials and he will make the short drive on his own dime to UCF to visit there. He does not have a favorite and is looking at the first week of fall camp for a decision.
Cutts also said Bates is hard at work recruiting his teammate, LB Marcus Tillman, a former Florida commitment.
“They on him heavy,” he said. “Me and Tillman, we waiting on Florida schools. Florida schools really haven’t picked us up yet, so we’re just waiting on some in-state offers to come in. He’s on Tillman real heavy. We actually in a group chat, us three, and he talks to him every day.”
Tillman has set August 10th for his commitment announcement. He visited Clemson in March after getting his offer in February. Tillman also has a USC offer and he visited in March. Some of his others are Kentucky, Louisville, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, NC State, Virginia Tech and Ohio State.